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How robots can help the logistics industry meet increasing demands despite worker shortages

In recent years, the logistics industry has expanded at an unprecedented rate, thanks to increasing expectations from e-commerce consumers. However, finding workers who are willing or available to take on a job in logistics is proving to be a serious threat. And the problem doesn’t just apply to jobs related to manual work on the shop floor, but also at a more academic or skilled level.

To mitigate the labor shortage logistics companies have no choice but to boost productivity of the existing workforce by investing in more autonomous technology, like autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). But the benefits of adding AMRs to the mix go further than this:

Increase appeal of workplace

The intuitive, safe and sophisticated AMR can take on risk-prone or repetitive tasks, reducing the likelihood of workplace injuries or job dissatisfaction. Not only does this create a safer environment, it also allows skilled staff to swap the time spent on less interesting and rewarding tasks, for complex, more appealing ones. This combination helps create a more appealing workplace aiding the recruitment and retention of the necessary workforce.

Optimize workflows

In the highly pressured 3PL industry, an optimized and responsive workflow is essential for success. The autonomous mobile robots from MiR use sophisticated programming technology, scanners and cameras to make optimal decisions at all times. The AMRs remove human error and the need for as many inventory checks, meaning 3PL providers can see shorter and more responsive workflows with reduced bottle necks. The collaborative nature of the mobile robot also means that it can safely work alongside its human counterparts, responsibly optimizing productivity. By keeping flows and processes tight and responsive, AMRs provide can provide huge value to the 3PL industry.

Cost optimization

From fines and reputational damage, to lost workdays and damaged equipment, it can be hard to calculate the true cost of workplace injuries. Recent statistics place the figure between $52 billion and $60 billion a year for injuries in the US, but it’s not just the direct costs, but also decreased productivity and increased employee turnover as well. By implementing AMRs from MiR, which use a multi-sensor safety system to avoid collisions, businesses can see significant cost optimization.

Try out our ROI calculator here, see how your business could benefit.

 

Fighting the future with AMR

As the need for increased supply chain flexibility and efficiency intensifies, the adoption of autonomous mobile robots accelerates. The latest industry findings show that by 2021, 58% of logistics providers will use AMR. By 2024, this number will hit 100%.

Read the full Industry in the time of robots report here

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